RetroArch It is a distro oriented to retro gaming. It is much more than an emulator, with compatibility for multiple platforms from past machines to make it compatible with all those retro video games that you want to play again on your SBC or PC. And now it reaches a release on Steam to further improve compatibility with game titles.
After being available at Steam Playtest For some time, today marks the official launch of Steam. Right now, the number of cores (what RetroArch refers to as emulators, made through its plugin system) available is limited, but it will expand over time and each one will be available as a DLC from Steam.
It seems that one of the ways they have solved the copyright and trademark issues is not to name the systems that emulate the Steam cores. You will see that they are not named directly in any of the downloadable content pages, but that does not detract from its functionality, it is simply a way to circumvent the law to avoid lawsuits.
If you wonder about the emulators or kernels currently available for download on Steam as DLC (I remember that more will appear soon) are:
- Final Burn Neo: a multiarcade machine emulator
- Genesis Plus GX - Sega Genesis / Mega Drive, Sega / Mega CD, Master System, Game Gear, SG-1000 and Pico
- Mesen S - SNES
- Mesen - NES
- mGBA - Advanced GameBoy
- SameBoy - Game Boy, Game Boy Color and Super Game Boy
- Stella - Atari 2600
- Kronos - Sega Saturn
- Mupen64Plus-Next - Nintendo 64
- PCSX ReARMed - PlayStation
When Valve is released Steam deck, this will help make it as incredibly varied a machine as you can imagine. Current and classic games on a portable console… It will be really incredible.
You can access and download now to the content from this steam link.